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Alexander Skarsgård at the 75th Golden Globe Awards

Alexander Skarsgård wins Golden Globe

On Monday Alexander Skarsgård was awarded a Golden Globe for his role in the HBO-hit Big Little Lies. This makes him the first Swede to get a Golden Globe since 1988. He is also the first Swedish actor to be awarded in a TV category. 

Alexander Skarsgård received the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV for his role in the American television hit Big Little Lies. A role he was awarded an Emmy for in September last year.

The Golden Globe makes Alexander Skarsgård the first Swedish nominee in the category and the win means that he becomes the first Swedish male actor to ever receive a Golden Globe. The most recent Swedish actor that was nominated for a Golden Globe was Alicia Vikander for her role in The Danish Girl in 2015. The last time a Swede was awarded with a Golden Globe for acting was Ingrid Bergman in 1955, for her role in Anastasia.

Alexander Skarsgård's career started in 1984 with a role in the children's movie Åke och hans värld. A number of acting roles followed later in television series and Swedish films Järngänget, Vingar av glas and Hundtricket: The Movie.

In 2001 he landed a role in the American comedy Zoolander, but his major international breakthrough were the TV series Generation Kill and True Blood. Several major productions have followed since, including Melancholia (2011), Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) and Legend of Tarzan (2016).

In Big Little Lies, Alexander Skarsgård plays the role of wife beater Trader Perry Wright, husband to the character Celeste Wright, which is played by Nicole Kidman. Season two of the Big Little Lies is expected to be aired later in 2018.

Read more about Swedes nominated for or awarded with a Golden Globe since the start in 1944. Also listed are Swedish films awarded for Best Foreign Language Film. Read the article in the Swedish Film Database ->>

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